Pri­vate jets boost for golfers

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USE of a spon­sor’s pri­vate jets is eas­ing some con­cerns for Aus­tralia’s top golfers about re­turn­ing to play on the PGA Tour next month amid the coro­n­avirus cri­sis in the US.

The Tour plans to re­sume from its shut­down on June 11 at the Charles Sch­wab Chal­lenge in Texas, making it only the sec­ond ma­jor sport to restart in the US af­ter UFC re­turned in Florida on the week­end.

With more than 80,000 deaths and al­most 1.4 mil­lion cases of covid-19 in the coun­try, as well as state-by-state re­stric­tions on gath­er­ings, there are sig­nif­i­cant fears about pro­fes­sional golf re­turn­ing next month. For­mer world No. 1 Ja­son Day and five-time Tour win­ner Marc Leish­man ad­mit they have hes­i­ta­tions but will lean on mu­tual spon­sor NetJets for pri­vate planes to travel to and from tour­na­ments.

“We’re lucky to be able to fly pri­vate, so that’s one area I don’t have to worry about,” Day said.

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